The people of Spain having suffered from years of austerity imposed on them in order to save corporations and other financial institutions have raised their fists against the Spanish monarchy. Thousands of Spaniards marched in Madrid’s downtown as well as 50 other cities to call on a referendum to do away with the centuries old pickled institution that has completely lost touch with the Spanish people.
In order to save face and to save any shred of monarchy, king Juan Carlos did exactly what all other capitalists states do in the face of the people’s protest and revolutionary crisis: switch hats. In this case, literally switching hats, Mr. Carlos decided to hand his crown over to his son Felipe on June 19th, the same day that the people of Spain are targeting to completely eradicate the institution from Spain’s political map.
“Dear Felipe, nobody has chosen you”: the activists chanted. This statement goes to the heart of the Spanish monarchy that dates back at least to the 15th century. In the dark pages of history, these relics declared themselves chosen by “god” and have had their endless wealth and power from centuries of pillage and tyrannical rule.
Despite being “invited” to become the king in 1975 after the death of the fascist dictator General Francisco Franco, Mr. Carlos did nothing more for the people of Spain than sip his wine while millions of Spaniards suffered from staggering unemployment and austerity cuts following the 2011 financial crisis. Since that time the due date for the end of his reign was in sight and the Spanish media continued to do what corporate media do best: attempt to brainwash the people into consent. In this way Felipe was portrayed as the common man who is married to a middle-class woman. A person that could “connect” to the people. Mr. Carlos declared the time for the transition acceptable since the country is in a state of “complete normalcy”, which is a lie and a slap in the face of the working people.
However no matter what kind of personality Mr. Carlos or his son Felipe might have, in the end of the day they are both capitalists and have a large responsibility for the misery of the Spanish people: 56% youth unemployment and 30% child poverty and massive austerity cuts to the welfare infrastructure.
The working people of Spain recognize their class enemy and have peeled away the image of the king to reveal his true identity: a capitalist sitting on the throne made from the blood and bone of the Spanish people. The next step is to peel away at the idea of “democracy” and to fight for a deeper economic transformation without capitalists, with hats or without.